NJ gov talks up tough-love budget
(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says few local teachers unions have agreed to wage freezes for the coming year.
Christie told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Tuesday that no teacher layoffs would be needed if educators across the state accepted a one-year wage freeze. The Education Department says only 17 out of 590 districts have agreed so far.
Christie says teachers can't expect raises at a time when salaries remain flat for many taxpayers or they have lost their jobs.
A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released Tuesday finds 44 percent of New Jerseyans surveyed are dissatisfied with Christie's budget plan.
Assembly Democrats on Monday criticized the governor's cuts to a prescription drug program for low-income seniors.